About Telluride

About Telluride

“Colorado and the West at its Absolute Best”


The towns of Telluride and Mountain Village are nestled in the stunning San Juan mountain range in Southwest Colorado. Surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in the state, both Telluride and Mountain Village pair spectacular scenery with endless opportunities for adventure.

Telluride History

The town of Telluride began as a small mining town in the late 1800’s. Living at 8,750 feet was not for the faint of heart and this intrepid attitude is what defines the spirit of Telluride and its residents to this day.

The vision for Mountain Village was born from the desire to explore these mountains on skis, and the world-class Telluride Ski Resort is the ultimate manifestation of this winter dream. Mountain Village, reminiscent of a European alpine town, allows direct access to the ski resort, and it also provides a luxurious base camp for the town of Telluride and the surrounding areas. Read more

Location

Telluride's isolated setting along the San Juan Skyway in Southwest Colorado allows for an unmatched authentic Western experience. The Telluride Regional Airport has daily commercial flights to and from Denver International Airport. Telluride and Mountain Village are located 67 miles south of Montrose, 127 miles south of Grand Junction, and 125 miles north of Durango. By car, Telluride is 6.5 hours from Denver, 8 hours from Phoenix, and 5 hours from Albuquerque. Read more about how to get to Telluride.

Telluride Gondola   

The two towns of Telluride and Mountain Village are connected by a complimentary gondola with remarkable views of the surrounding peaks. This unique mode of transportation adds an extra element of grandeur to the scenic splendor one enjoys at every turn in this beautiful place. The Gondola officially opened in 1996 and is the only free public transportation of its kind in the United States.

The mid-point of the Gondola is at the top of San Sophia ridge and provides access to a number of hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and in the winter, skiing trails. Locals who are lucky enough to commute via the gondola have one of the most enviable commutes in the country.

The gondola is open from 7am to midnight during the peak winter and summer seasons. Due to lack of traffic, the gondola does close during the off-season. During busy peak times, such as holidays and festivals, the hours of operation are often extended. The ride from the Town of Telluride to the Town of Mountain Village takes about 13 minutes (traveling over approximately 8 miles). Some gondola cabins are pet-friendly and also wheelchair accessible.

Weather

The semi-arid Telluride climate allows for mild summer temperatures with daytimes temperatures generally in the mid-70’s to mid-80’s. Mornings and evenings, no matter what season, are always cool and refreshing, so plan to dress and layer accordingly. In the mountains, weather can change dramatically over the course of a few hours or even a few minutes. Sunny mornings followed by a quick afternoon thunderstorm is a reality in the summer, so we tell our guests to be prepared for a variety of weather and dress in layers. Telluride benefits from 300 days of sun each year, so it's very rare to have several days in a row of clouds and no sun.

In the winter, picture sunny days and picturesque mountains covered with snow. This is winter in Telluride. Temperatures are generally in the mid-20’s and 30’s, but at over 8,700 feet, it feels much warmer due to the intensity of the sun's rays. When the sun is out, you'll find yourself peeling off layers, but once the sun goes down, pull out those hats and gloves because it does get chilly! Read more about the weather or view the local Telluride forecast.